BRONX, N.Y. (February 28, 2014) – Rutgers redshirt junior Corey Crawford (Oakland, N.J.) captured the 2014 American Athletic Conference long jump title to put his name back a top the NCAA standings and vaulted up to third in the world with a distance of 8.22m (26’11.75”).
After the first day of competition at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, Rutgers stands in fifth place with 19 points. Louisville is the current leader with 59 points followed by Memphis in second with 36 points and Connecticut with 26 points.
Crawford once again reset the Rutgers bench mark besting his previous record of 7.97m (26' 1¾") set at the New Balance Invitational, a distance which was 20th in the world entering this weekend’s championships. His mark of 8.22m is .07m short of the world’s current leader, Aleksandr Menkov of Russia, and .33m ahead of second place Guillaume Victorin of Louisville.
In other results, senior Chris Banafato (Bridgewater, N.J.) took fourth in the 5000m while junior D’Andre Jordan (Brooklyn, N.Y.) qualified for the finals in the 200m and 400 and junior Chris DeFabio (Millington, N.J.) qualified for finals racing in the mile.
Banafato logged a time of 14:39.46, a personal best and IC4A qualifying mark, in the 5000m. He smashed his previous best of 15:12.54 captured at last season’s Rider/Lafayette Winter Games.
Jordan meanwhile took fourth in both the preliminaries of the 200m and 400m. Jordan raced to a personal best of 21.84 in the 200m, while in the 400m, he finished with a time of 48.52.
DeFabio claimed second place in the preliminaries of the mile. He raced to a time of 4:14.21, his best time this indoor season.
The 2014 American Indoor Track & Field Championships conclude on Saturday. Action begins at 9 a.m.
TEAM STANDINGS (After Day One)
1. Louisville - 59
2. Memphis - 36
3. Connecticut - 26
4. Houston - 24
5. Rutgers - 19
6. Cincinnati - 13
7. South Florida - 11
8. Temple - 4
200m – Preliminaries
4. D’Andre Jordan – 21.84 * (IC4A Qualifier)
400m – Preliminaries
4. D’Andre Jordan – 48.52 * (IC4A Qualifier)
10. Rajee Dunbar – 49.33
800m – Preliminaries
15. Karon Purcell – 1:57.68
Mile - Preliminaries
2. Chris DeFabio – 4:14.21 * (IC4A Qualifier)
15. Curtis Richburg – 4:23.20
4. Chris Banafato – 14:39.46 (IC4A Qualifier)
13. Jaimin Vekaria – 15:16.99
5. Rutgers – 10:12.69 (IC4A Qualifier)
1. Corey Crawford – 8.22m/26’11.75” (IC4A Qualifier)
* - qualified for finals
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